Football Game Vs. Lackawanna Suspended

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Sept. 1, Scranton, Penn. – The lights literally went out at halftime Saturday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium in Pennsylvania, and Hudson Valley Community College's season opener against Lackawanna College was suspended. While the Northeast Football Conference (NFC) teams were in their locker rooms after the contest's first 30 minutes, a light went out at each end of the field, leaving only four of the stadium's six overhead lights in working order.

So, with a corner of each end zone darkened, game officials said the field was no longer safe for play. Hudson Valley trailed, 36-7, when the game was suspended. When, if and how the game will be continued or replayed will be determined by NFC officials.

The Vikings 2001 campaign got off to a good start – Hudson Valley won the coin toss and opted to kick off. After holding Lackawanna to six yards on four plays in the game's opening drive, the Vikings took over on downs at the Lackawanna 32-yard line.

Just 4:26 into the new season, freshman tailback Demitrious Starling (North Babylon H.S.) ran the ball in from six yards out. John Butera (Greece Olympia H.S.), also a freshman, nailed the extra point to give Hudson Valley a 7-0 lead.

Starling gained 28 yards on eight carries in the half. Fullback Tennell Savage (Notre Dame H.S.) had 29 yards on four carries. Justin Kastner (Hudson), a First Team All-NFC quarterback in 2000, threw for 52 yards, including a 31-yard completion to Derrick Dyer (John Marshall H.S.). All-American Shawn Miller (Troy) had three catches for 21 yards.

Hudson Valley and Lackawanna are both still 0-0. The Vikings play next at home at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, hosting SUNY Canton (1-0). Due to construction of a minor-league baseball stadium at Hudson Valley, the game will be played at La Salle Institute.

Hudson Valley's football program was established in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges in New York to field a varsity football team. Since then, nearly 300 Hudson Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and 15 have gone on to play professionally. The Vikings competed in the Coca Cola Bowl in Iowa in 1980. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record, part of a dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.